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  • HomeTeam Huddle: Tampa Bay Tech revisits the past

    HomeTeam Huddle: Tampa Bay Tech revisits the past TAMPA — Deon Cain was tossing passes around at Tampa Bay Tech’s practice recently, but the fact that he did so in jeans and a polo short with ear buds in and holding a cell phone in his left hand drove home this sobering fact for Titans coach Jayson Roberts: Cain ...
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    Wed. May 06, 2015 at 6:22 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region softball: Palm Harbor University 4, Plant 1

    PALM HARBOR — Plant’s Kayla McGory led off the game with a home run, but Palm Harbor University shortstop Logyn Lilley made sure it didn’t rattle her teammates. “First thing I said to (pitcher) Taylor Scott after that home run was, ‘Hey, we gotta score to win anyway,’ ” Lilley said. ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 8:41 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region softball: Academy at the Lakes 15, Hernando Christian 0

    TAMPA — Coaches like to say that beating a team three times in one season is no easy task. Sometimes, though, it is. Academy at the Lakes won its Class 2A region playoff opener Thursday afternoon at New Tampa Community Park, crushing Hernando Christian 15-0 in a game stopped by ...
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    Thu. April 23, 2015 at 6:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region softball: River Ridge 11, Nature Coast 9

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Nature Coast rapped out of a season-high 18 hits against River Ridge on Wednesday night. The Sharks, though, needed one more. Despite struggling without her best stuff, River Ridge pitcher Anessa Holes put herself in a jam in the seventh inning, then worked her way out ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 10:27 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District baseball: Tampa Catholic 5, Sarasota Booker 0

    TAMPA — Tampa Catholic’s record won’t blow you away, but coach Ty Griffin says you may end up being surprised. The Crusaders mixed some timely hitting with a sterling pitching performance from junior Roland Chacon to advance to the Class 4A-10 district championship with a 5-0 win over Sarasota Booker ...
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    Tue. April 21, 2015 at 9:54 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis: Titles elude locals in Class 4A and 2A

    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — Courtney Hebard rallied from a big deficit despite struggling with her serve to win twice Wednesday. On Thursday, the struggle continued. But not the comebacks. The Steinbrenner senior was knocked out of the Class 4A individual girls singles championship by Cypress Creek’s Alexandra Lee, 6-4, 6-3, at ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis: Day 1 of Class 4A, 2A action tough on local teams

    CASSELBERRY — Jesuit started fast, and the Countryside girls started late, but both will head into the final day of the Class 2A and 4A team state championships out of title contention. Academy of the Holy Names was in the middle of the pack in Class 2A, with a chance ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 9:20 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis: Academy at the Lakes duo nets first title

    State tennis: Academy at the Lakes duo nets first title CASSELBERRY — Anna Waller will be attending Steinbrenner next year, and Daniella Moreno is graduating. But before they departed Academy at the Lakes, they wanted to leave the school with a little something. Its first state championship. Mixing outstanding net play with a strong baseline and service game, the Waller-Moreno ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 7:03 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis: Shorecrest’s Litsky adds to title haul

    State tennis: Shorecrest’s Litsky adds to title haul CASSELBERRY — Shorecrest’s Peter Litsky was ready for a long match. His opponent wasn’t. They rarely are. Playing with precision and near perfection, Litsky capped an impressive season with the Class A overall singles championship, beating Pensacola Catholic’s Christopher Ephron 6-3, 6-1 Wednesday morning at Red Bug Park. Litsky won ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 7:01 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis: Shorecrest’s Litsky breaks through for title

    State tennis: Shorecrest’s Litsky breaks through for title CASSELBERRY — Since losing in last year’s district final to a player had beaten twice in the regular season, Shorecrest junior Peter Litsky has thought a lot about where he will be Wednesday morning: Playing for the Class A overall singles championship. The Charger cruised through the singles competition and ...
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    Tue. April 14, 2015 at 6:32 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis: Wiregrass Ranch repeats, Armwood’s Hall wins

    State tennis: Wiregrass Ranch repeats, Armwood’s Hall wins ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — Last year, the Wiregrass Ranch boys tennis team scraped and scrapped for every point, squeezing everything it could from the hard courts at Sanlando Park to tie for the state championship. Tuesday, the Bulls made a little time for relaxing. Whipping through the singles competition and capturing ...
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    Tue. April 14, 2015 at 6:12 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis roundup: Wiregrass Ranch boys lead 3A

    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — It was a big day for Tampa Bay tennis players at the state championships Monday, as the Wiregrass Ranch boys put themselves in ideal position to win a second straight title, Carrollwood Day’s Jacque Fitz-Randolph looked to end her career with a singles title and Armwood’s Justin ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 10:15 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis preview: Reshuffled Wiregrass Ranch lineup looks to repeat

    State tennis preview: Reshuffled Wiregrass Ranch lineup looks to repeat WESLEY CHAPEL — After his most stressful week as boys tennis coach, Wiregrass Ranch’s Dave Wilson is looking forward to the state tournament despite the pressure that may come with it. The Bulls, who tied Naples Barron Collier last season for the Class 3A state championship, will be trying to ...
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    Fri. April 10, 2015 at 6:35 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region tennis roundup: Short-handed Wiregrass Ranch prevails

    WESLEY CHAPEL — With its two best players more than 2,200 miles away, defending state champion Wiregrass Ranch went into its region semifinal against Venice on Tuesday with no margin for error. “We knew coming in we had to win No. 2, 3 and 4 singles and No. 2 doubles,” ...
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    Tue. April 07, 2015 at 10:25 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District tennis roundup: King boys win a nail-biter

    TAMPA — The King girls and boys teams swept the Class 3A, District 8 tennis championships Thursday at Hillsborough Community College. And what the girls competition lacked in drama, the boys more than made up for in the days' final two matches. Holding a one-point lead over Hillsborough and pitted ...
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    Thu. April 02, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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